Learn the Right Way to Open a Restaurant with Little Money

by Vishal Shah3 Min Read

The food and beverage industry is one of the most sought-after fields. While many people have wonderful concepts for theme-based restaurants or a fancy eatery, there is no clear roadmap on how to set it up in the first place. 

There is even a misconception that for building a restaurant of your choice, a heavy financial backup is required. But in reality, the business plan in opening a restaurant can be quite simple and straightforward.  For those wary about the financial and creative aspects of embarking upon a restaurant venture, we offer a strategy to build any type of restaurant and also get it run successfully in the midst of competitive market.

What are the Basic Costs for Opening a New Restaurant?

Fortunately, the banking system is so customer friendly these days that they would lend a decent loan to set up for restaurant- provided you have clean records and no credit overdue.  Another best way is to look for other sources of money lending which are abundantly available such as relatives interested in partnering and other angel investors.

Grab an Angel Investor

Angel investors are financially sound and have such great faith in your idea that they are willing to invest in the business plan. The angel investors will expect a return on their investment.  Usually, a long term bond is signed to ensure trustworthiness and confidence.

What Do You Need to Have Handy?

Create a well designed business plan that outlines the basic concept, theme, target audience, initial costs and predicted turnovers.  This document is simply to sell the idea of the restaurant and showcase the necessary skill set to make it happen.

Food Truck- The New Age Restaurant Idea

Mobile food courts have become a big trend these days for its ease of operation, lesser costs and also higher returns. Of course, the investment required for a food truck is considerably less as there is no need to rent a space.

Try a Catering Business

There is an incredible demand for catering business where the food can be prepared at another space and delivered to a destination. It's also a great way to learn  how to run a full-fledged restaurant -- more like a warm up session.

Here are some of the well-proven tips for running a restaurant:

  • Be Positive: You intentions must be quite positive and have a unique agenda on what service you prefer to give the customers. The idea should be appealing, unique and also serve a good business purpose. A restaurant idea can be more successful when it is passion driven.
  • Strong Market Plan: Any restaurant can be made more popular and accessible with stringent marketing plans. Give the taste of your food to the customers in the form of samples, offer them attractive discounts for repeated visits and make the best use of social media platforms for attractive brochures.
  • Find the Best Location: For a restaurant to run well, location matters a lot. The location should be in such a way that it is easily affordable and also has proximity to the target audience. Say, you are planning to target younger audience for a restaurant- choose an area where more colleges are present.
  • Taste the Menu: It is always good to get the feel of the customer before something is served to them. The food should have something quite unique compared to other restaurants to offer a competitive advantage.
  • Manage Cash Flow: Stable finances are quite important for a restaurant to run successfully. Coverage of equipment costs, investments and also remember an important fact. It takes time for restaurants to actually accumulate money and should be prepared to get less return initially. But once the attention is gained, there is no looking back in the world of restaurant business!
  • Make Use of Right Tools: There are many good tools available for restaurant owners which aid them to track data , keep track of the customers such as Pepper Touch- a POS system to get rid of bottleneck situations.

A restaurant business plan is something that might look quite intimidating in the beginning but with the right approach and analysis, it is an easily achievable dream even with little costs.

Vishal Shah

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Vishal Shah is head of Software Sales and Digital Evangelist for Pepper Touch POS, Software Company. He leads both client acquisition & executing sales strategy in selling software license to restaurants and retail stores. Shah's major roles are relationship building and business development with new or existing clients.

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